Incoherent fibre supercontinuum generation for all-optical random number generation

Wetzel, B., Larger, L., Dudley, J.M., Blow, K.J. and Turitsyn, S.K. (2011). Incoherent fibre supercontinuum generation for all-optical random number generation. IN: 2011 conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC. DEU: IEEE.

Abstract

Random number generation is a central component of modern information technology, with crucial applications in ensuring communications and information security. The development of new physical mechanisms suitable to directly generate random bit sequences is thus a subject of intense current research, with particular interest in alloptical techniques suitable for the generation of data sequences with high bit rate. One such promising technique that has received much recent attention is the chaotic semiconductor laser systems producing high quality random output as a result of the intrinsic nonlinear dynamics of its architecture [1]. Here we propose a novel complementary concept of all-optical technique that might dramatically increase the generation rate of random bits by using simultaneously multiple spectral channels with uncorrelated signals - somewhat similar to use of wave-division-multiplexing in communications. We propose to exploit the intrinsic nonlinear dynamics of extreme spectral broadening and supercontinuum (SC) generation in optical fibre, a process known to be often associated with non-deterministic fluctuations [2]. In this paper, we report proof-of concept results indicating that the fluctuations in highly nonlinear fibre SC generation can potentially be used for random number generation.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/CLEOE.2011.5943562
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, Electronic & Power Engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Adaptive communications networks research group
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
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Event Title: 2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2011-05-22 - 2011-05-26
Uncontrolled Keywords: Instrumentation,Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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Published Date: 2011
Authors: Wetzel, B.
Larger, L.
Dudley, J.M.
Blow, K.J. ( 0000-0002-7859-3438)
Turitsyn, S.K. ( 0000-0003-0101-3834)

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